Archive for March, 2011

Should These Kids Shoot for American Idol?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Staying in synch with our theme of teaching the opposites to young children in both English and Spanish I invite you to view this short and very delightful video of more than 120 six-year-olds singing my More Opposites / Más opuestos song  (different than yesterdays Opposites song).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7uK0oIhPQ

Tell me, are any of them headed for American Idol (my favorite reality show ever – especially this year with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez)?  Perhaps getting their taste of being on stage during a Boca Beth Program got the show-biz blood boiling?!?!?!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

How to Teach Opposites with a Bilingual Beat!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Our online show for young children will feature my Boca Beth Opposites / Los opuestos song today at 10 am EST!  You can catch the replay of all of my weekly bilingual kids’ show right here at my show channel at MomTV.com.

I want to focus this week’s lesson fun on the theme of opposites so that you can introduce them to all of the special babies, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary aged children in your life.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRRg8w8OZoM

Go here for the lyrics to my Boca Beth opposite song. (10th song down on the list!)

Go here for a wonderful online site that just introduced a new bilingual lesson on opposites.  (The song is from an amiga of mine who uses the immersion method of teaching.)

See you tomorrow for some more bilingual learning fun about opposites.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Hispanic Population Reaches 50 Million! Now Do You Believe Your Kids Should Learn a Second Language?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I am so thankful I am a Christian woman and am able to calmly walk away from potentially confrontational situations surrounding what I do for a living.

What?  You don’t find being a children’s recording artist, keynote speaker on the topic of early language learning and kids’ bilingual product designer in the least controversial, do you?

Listen in” on a few of the recent comments flung at me with almost hate in the person’s voice delivering the comment to me after I told them that I am the founder of a company that empowers young children to learn Spanish and English by providing tools to parents and teachers that make the learning fun:

What the hell do you do THAT for?

What choice do we have these days?  We’re FORCED to learn Spanish.

Why in the world would you promote anything other than English in this country?

The 2010 Census should simply open our minds (and hearts) here in the United States to the fact that with 1 in 6 Americans having Spanish as their first language, it’s our responsibility to prepare our young children to communicate in both English and Spanish. 

Just as we teach them reading, writing, math, science, and social studies we must prepare these young minds to communicate in more than just one language.  It’s a global economy, and it’s our duty as parents and teachers to prepare this next generation of children to be bilingual.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWC4bk5K8Sc

What Do Boca Beth and Dr. Jean Have in Common?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

We LOVE making music that reaches young children and creates a love of learning!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukzcKuTW0iM

I have been so blessed to have crossed paths with Dr. Jean over the years.  She’s one of the ‘good ones’ with a great big heart, a kind Christian way about her, and a love of life that is infectious!

So – you can only imagine my delight when I was asked by Dr. Jean to do the Spanish version of her upcoming CD which will be titled Fusion Fiesta Fun.

I will keep you posted on the release date of this new bilingual CD that introduces English and Spanish to young children the fun way … with MUSIC!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What Do Amanda Hocking, Rebecca Black and Boca Beth Have in Common?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Amanda Hocking has done it!  Check this out.

Rebecca Black has done it!  Check this out.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

They skipped the GATEKEEPERS!  Amanda has published her own books direct to Kindle and Rebecca’s song is much talked about (be it good or bad) as an overnight phenomenon using the power of the internet.

As the founder of The Boca Beth Program and referred to fondly by children, parents and teachers around the world as Boca Beth, I too hope that the buzz about my bilingual beats hits an all time high with adorable bilingual kids songs such as this one below featured on my YouTube Channel.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1T7yGhDVec

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Any thoughts on how to create an even larger viral buzz?  Would love to hear from you.)

Learning the Vowel Sounds in Spanish / Aprendiendo las vocales en inglés

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Love, love, love our Fiesta Fun Show viewers!  We had about 20 children enjoying our Spanish and English bilingual kids’ show today over at MomTV.com!  WHAT?  You haven’t enjoyed our show YET?

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Every Tuesday Morning at 10 am EST you can go right here and learn Spanish right alongside English with your child as you all enjoy music and movement fun.

This week one of the many songs we enjoyed was my Boca Beth song about learning the vowel sounds in both languages.  It’s on this CD that is on special for 50% savings because we will be changing the cover soon!

Learn more about the Spanish vowel sounds and letters here at this fun site.

Here is an easy to follow YouTube video to learn more about Spanish vowels:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlCxYmZHkoo

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Kisses Can Be Such Fun … Besos Divertidos

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

  Kisses!  ¡Besos!  Let’s keep the bilingual learning fun going for the Boca Beth song I hope you downloaded earlier this week from my previous blog post.

Here is the link to the lyrics for this Spanish and English kids’ song!  (Look for song #7.)

Here are the suggested classroom / circle time activities to do with this song:

Use BOCA the puppet and the whatever girl puppet you have chosen for language sessions to give kisses/besos to the children as you move from child to child giving kisses (then move into “hugs/abrazos” for more learning). This is always our second to last song since it gives every child the chance to get a kiss and a hug from BOCA and the girl puppet. Some children don’t get that affection at home and need the contact, the touch, the ‘warm fuzzies’ this song provides.

Another idea from a fellow early childhood professional for their end-of-the year graduation performance, the children had decorated popsicle sticks with oversized lips that they had colored in and added glitter to.  At the time of the graduation ceremony when this song played they went into the audience and give kisses/besos to their family members in attendance.  I was told there was not a dry eye in the entire building!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS-JbLOrvlw&tracker=False

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Free MP3 Download of a Bilingual Children's Song

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Kiss is a Beso / Beso es un kiss  Click this link to the left for a free MP3 version of our Boca Beth bilingual kids’ song that is sung to the traditional tune of Skip to My Lou

Remember, the joy of our Boca Beth bilingual music is that I write most songs around the tune of a children’s classic melody.  Something both you and the children will recognize.  Experts agree that is a fun and easy way for second language acquisition to take place.

Enjoy the video of this same Boca Beth song below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGsvRJ8gP9U

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Recent AP Article Cries Out to Save Spanish!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Funny…as a Gringa (Stop gasping!  The word is not a bad word!) I find myself so intrigued, moved, and inspired by the recent Associated Press article about how the Spanish language is being used incorrectly and sometimes even “slaughtered.”

Only yesterday I was talking with my neighbor from Ecuador, mainly in Spanish, and I told him as we said our goodbyes, “Yo tengo que practicar mi español” because I found myself struggling with some words while also asking Jorge what a few words meant that he used in normal conversation. 

It’s that old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”  I continue to lose much of my acquired Chilean Spanish as I live in a predominantly English-speaking home and neighborhood.  Many of my Latino friends refer to themselves as “acculturated” and I often ponder that word and wonder what it exactly means to the future of this beautiful romance language, Spanish.

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Bottom line in all of this, whether it’s the slap on the hand delivered by the AP article or the glaring realization that many Spanish-speaking families feel their native language going by the wayside (or at least diluted by a strong English-only mentality still permeating our country in the United States), it’s the future generations at risk.

Children enter our public school system, knowing only Spanish and wanting desperately to fit in to a classroom where he hears only English.  Imagine how his self-confidence plummets.  Imagine how physically ill he must feel at times.  Imagine yourself in this scenario at the tender age of 3 or 6 or even 10…Not a good visual is it?

SAVE SPANISH?!?!  Want to know where to start?  It has to start in the early years where these native Spanish-speaking children should be allowed to hear their native language woven into the classroom routine of their new English-speaking environment. 

I am not talking dual immersion classroom here.  Goodness knows our public school system will NEVER have the funding for that nationwide.  I am simply talking about giving every teacher the tools necessary to sprinkle some Spanish vocabulary words and phrases into their daily classroom routine so that the Latino child benefits plus the other children in the class benefit by learning some Spanish while increasing everyone’s ability to become better readers, better problem-solvers and better communicators.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Lesson Fun for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Early Elementary School-Age Children

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This week it’s all about learning the Days of the Week in Spanish and English. 

Go here to see the Boca Beth bilingual music CD that has this adorable song on it.  If you call me directly at 813.855.5393 anytime this week and mention my blog, I will ship this CD to you for only $7.00 (that’s more than 50% savings) PLUS free shipping!!!!  Call me soon amigas and amigos.  This CD alone introduces more than 100 words and 30 phrases in Spanish and English!

HERE IS A REALLY COOL TREAT!  ENJOY THIS MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING ME, BOCA BETH, AND A CAST OF MULTI-CULTURAL CHILDREN TEACHING THE DAYS OF THE WEEK TO OUR BILINGUAL SONG!!!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bzs4-z9Qd8

Alrighty then, how about a bilingual book to go along with all of this fun?  It’s not from my company, but you know I love to tell you about all the cool things I find to assist in the second language journey.  Now this is a BIG book.  If the cost is too much, then look for the normal book size version.

Here is a link to a fun online lesson for Days of the Week!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Remember to call us at 813.855.5393 to get the full length Boca Beth bilingual CD for only $7.00 with FREE shipping!  Oh my!  Such a DEAL!!!!)